Hamm's Special Light
Hamm's Brewing Co.

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Lager - Light
Ranked #210
Ranked #49,666
2.58 | pDev: 32.56%
Hamm's Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States
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JUMPER from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev +46.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'll start by I'm not a fan of light beers. I love Budweiser but wouldn't give a plug nickel for Bud light. I drink Hamm's and my wife is a light beer drinker so she asked me to pick up a case of special light. First it pours a straw yellow and has an aroma of grain most likely corn sugar. It gets a nice frothy head and goes away quick but still keeps a nice lacing showing good carbonation. The taste is crisp and light a very easy drinking beer. This has way more flavor though than Miller Lite, Coors Light or Bud light. Very good flavor good carbonation and laces along the glass nicely. Final thoughts are well worth the money an inexpensive beer but not inexpensive taste or quality.

Oct 30, 2020
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Sandrat from Kansas

1/5  rDev -61.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Put a sixer in the freezer to cool. Went out to mowed the lawn. So after the grass, the cans were just starting to swell. Pop a tab and poured quickly into a big frozen mug. This is a big frosty mess, ah yes. Pollen allergies are kicking in so I really can't smell anything. Slammed this mug and poured two more in a fresh frozen mason jar. Ahh this is better. Arrrgh! Brain Freeze! Pop number 4, no more glasses in the freezer. Oh well I'm chillin' on the porch wearing my bibs and there are just two more to go. Life is good here in Kansas.

Jul 23, 2020
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5/5  rDev +93.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hamms is a delightful beer. It is easily drinkable and therefore perfect for a Saturday evening shot gun. It comes in an iconic gold and blue can and is best enjoyed from there. It has a strong corn taste that is greatly reminiscent of the American heartland. It is truly the American beer.

May 23, 2020
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KACK1533 from Massachusetts

1.75/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

Not as good as regular Hamm's. Smell was corny with hints of metal. Taste was borderline awful with hints of corn and malt. I don't know if my can of this beer was spoiled. Felt somewhat dry on the tongue. Probably wouldn't have this again.

Apr 02, 2020
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geargroy from Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I won't give Hamm's Special Light very high marks but light beers are always rated short or mediocre in taste tests. But Hamm's Special Light tastes better than regular Hamm's. Do the taste test you will probably agree. Not as full bodied as Hamm's. And that's a good thing sometimes.

Nov 20, 2019
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Beerluvinmonkey from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +50.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

American light lager is exactly what you’d expect. Keep it cold, cold, cold and enjoy with fun food, pizza, hot roast beef sandwich or cheesesteak. Better than Miller Lite and Bud light and less expensive. My go to beer when I just want plain old beer.

Oct 15, 2018
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jkblr from Indiana

3.34/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz can bb November 19, 2018 poured into a Hamm's thumbprint goblet at fridge temp, no ABV listed on can. The beer pours bright light straw yellow with nearly white head. The head recedes to an island and thin ring around the glass. The aroma is light malt and yeast. The taste is also light malt, a hint of tart and then a slightly uncomfortable light sweetness. No bitterness really and a little diacetyl on then finish. Mouthfeel is thin bodied, highly carbonated and dry. Overall, the best beer I've bought for under $3/6 pack, cold, out the door. It would be fine with food or at a social event where you want to drink quite a few and still have it together.

Sep 21, 2018
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Bluecarp from Indiana

3.9/5  rDev +51.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my favorite of the American corporate brews. VERY smooth, crisp flavor/feel ,Hamms is the best of the Miller/Coors brands & yet its the least expensive!! Go figure

Jul 21, 2018
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Tucquan from Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had this on 2018-05-30 in Columbia, PA from a 12oz can. Trying my best to rate this to style, which is a Light American Adjunct Lager.

A - Very clear straw-gold with a 1-finger white head that drops quickly

S - Corn, light grass, white grape.

T - Lots of white bread, corn, some grassy spice and mild fruit sweetness. There's even a bit of mild bitterness in the aftertaste.

M - Light body and medium carbonation. Quaffable and refreshing.

O - Similar to regular Hamm's, just dialed back a bit. I liked it better than expected.

Notes: On 2018-05-30 I had the Hamm's Special Light side-by-side with Straub American Light. Both are the same color. The Straub had a larger head and much better lacing. The Hamm's has a sweeter aroma, with more corn in the flavor. The Straub has a little more complexity in the malt flavor, perhaps due to the use of 20% barley, and is a little on the sourdough side. Both are reasonably priced here in PA although the Hamm's cost is half the price at $.50 per can vs $1.00 per can for the Straub.

Notes: On 2018-05-30 I had the Hamm's Special Light side-by-side with Hamm's "American Classic" (also just called Hamm's). Both had the same clarity and color. The American Classic initially had a larger head. Aromas are very similar; just a little bit stronger in the American Classic. On the other hand, the flavor and feel of the American Classic is richer, fuller and more satisfying. The Special Light is 3.8% and 110 calories vs the American Classic at 4.7% and 142 calories. Both beers are the same price per can. I favor the Special Light because I get as much drinking satisfaction with less calories.

May 30, 2018
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Hammpion324 from Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

This is the kind of beer that just makes you want to crank up some molly hatchet and break the lawn tractor out. By the time your done cutting the lawn you have already thrown down half a thirty rack. This beer smells like freedom and pours red white and blue just like the can.

May 17, 2018
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PapasmurphWI from Wisconsin

4.01/5  rDev +55.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

L - Poured into a basic-ass kitchen tumbler with three pinches of kosher table salt. Immediately, a development of eggshell off-white macro-head cultivated to the size of one and two-thirds finger-length. The pinches of salt absolutely created a dramatic increase in lacing and consistent retention in a beautiful golden cascade of cheap beer wonderfulness.

S - That one sock I had from freshman year of college (which was only used twice to clean up the puke of my white-privileged dorm mate)

T- A flowery garden that lies on the side of the mountain in the land of the sky blue water. Altogether, it reminds me of every Prince song I've ever heard in one masterful symphony of exquisite cheap beer palate.

F- Makes me feel super hamm'sered. Makes me feel super hamm'd up.

O - Just a great beer. Versatile in all respects. Drink it while you read this. Drink it while you mow the lawn. Drink it while your wife isa bitchin'. Doesn't matter what the task, Hamm's Specy got you.

Apr 26, 2018
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ZAP from Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev +47.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L-Light golden color..light white head

S-Corn aroma...relatively assertive scent for this style. A bit of lemon like hop notes as well.

T-Light cornbread like flavor...even lighter splash of lemons with a bit of dryness on the finish. Pretty flavorful for a light lager.

F-Light bodied but not thin...ample carbonation but not too jazzed up.

O-This is a pretty solid Adjunct Light Lager. Nothing off, not too thin, carries just enough flavor to keep it interesting.

Dec 22, 2017
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ababeertaster from Indiana

4.6/5  rDev +78.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a pale lager beer. Top fermented yeast. I believe it uses a pilsner malt with light grains. It has a slight hop character, hops probably from the Pacific Northwest. It has a low to moderate bitterness, I guess around 30. The color is an SMR-3. Nice head and clean finish. Nice mouthfeel. Overall a good beer. It will pair good with chicken, fish, salads and pasta.

Oct 27, 2017
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KarlHungus from Minnesota

4.11/5  rDev +59.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear pale gold color. With a big, frothy head that recedes somewhat quickly into sparse lacing. For the style this beer is quite colorful. The aroma is corny, and bready. For the style the aroma is quite strong, and surprisingly pleasant. The taste is more corn forward than the aroma, but there is still some breadiness in the background. Again, it is quite flavorful for a Light Lager. The mouthfeel is on the fuller side of light bodied with a velvety texture, and appropriately high carbonation. Although it is lighter bodied it is still fuller than any other light Lager I've tasted. Overall, this beer is excellent when reviewed to style, and nice when thought of as a beer in general. I'd drink it again on a hot day without reservation.

Jul 08, 2017
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emerge077 from Illinois

3.03/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Saw this for cheap and decided to bite. Regular Hamms isn't bad for a macro lager, and it's warming up out.
Served in a 12 oz. Hamms goblet. Rated to style.

Supe pale anemic gold, momentary sudsy head and sparse lacing. Faint inoffensive lager yeast aroma.
Apple, cracker, and flaked corn flavors. Very clean with no aftertaste. It's got a little bit of astringency. Alternately overcarbed at first, becoming thin and watery halfway through. Overall it's very inoffensive and very simple and clean.
Pretty drinkable for what it is. Not a bad lawnmower beer, it also makes a decent shandy with San Pellegrino limonata.

Sad that the original brewery has sat vacant for 20 years now.
RIP Johnnies, aka the Hamms Bar.

Apr 18, 2017
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GLBClover85 from Indiana

3.24/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

It is what it is. For 9.99 a 30 pack at Kroger id pick it up before bud miller or Coors. Obviously it's not craft beer but for an AAL it's a solid choice. Regular Hamms taste better than the special light but you can drink plenty of these without getting drunk.

Oct 29, 2016
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

2.54/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

From the 12 fl. oz can marked Sep 14-15 on the bottom. Sampled on July 2, 2015.

Yellow, highly carbonated pour with a big white fizzy head. Looks like an adjunct should.

The aroma is toast, corn grits, vegetable oil, and grassy hops.

Watery body.

Sweet. Biscuit. Clean finish. Like most adjunct light beers. I could pound down 4 or 5 of these in a short period of time. Nothing structural to it but hey - $14 for a 30 pack? Well now, what will I do with the other 29?

Jul 02, 2015
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hoptheology from South Dakota

2.91/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer isn't bad, and can be had for $12/30 pack. I'm gonna give it a good thorough run-through, though.

Appearance : fluffy, foamy, almost river-foam head. Stark white. Body is very pale, like water with a slight golden tint. The head sticks around for a bit.

Aroma : From strongest to weakest - urine, hay, cooked rice, corn.

Flavor/mouthfeel : crisp and clean with a light malt flavor. The malts are primarily barley and rice with a nip of cooked corn. The finish is dry with a slight hopped character. It's very easy drinking, and finishes clean.

Overall : To compare this with any type of craft or beer of stature is silly. What this is, is a crisp, clean, light lager with minimal calories and can be bought with a jar of quarters. This is what I reach for when I'm not thinking about beer, I just want one. I will buy this again. Compared to High Life Light, this has less flavor but is less offending and cleaner overall.

Feb 04, 2015
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patpozzi from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +68.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: "looks like a cleaning product"
s: "completely odorless"
t: has fruity undertones. surprisingly complex for the price point. adding an orange greatly increase the drinkability
f: feels like I can jump through a ceiling
overall: compared to the competition, it is surprisingly complex. it's not quite an explosion of flavor but it does provide for an interesting drinking experience

Jan 28, 2015
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mikesaffert from New Jersey

3.19/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hamm's Special Light is a bit generous with the name "special", but for a light beer it more than gets the job done. I'd pick this over the BMC* lights any day, especially if you're looking for value in quantity as you can grab a 30 of this for as low as $13 and change.

Does it stand up to complex and flavorful craft beers? Of course not, and it's not supposed to. But to be a crisp, refreshing and easy to drink light lager with no offensive character, it's a win.

*I'm fully aware that MillerCoors has owned this since 1999.

Jun 28, 2014
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ahommell from Mississippi

1.5/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

A: Is this water? Pours the color of piss after you have drank a 24 pack of miller light. Straight clear. Watery. Off White.

S: Hate. Lack of love of the mother as a child. Watery piss.

T: Do I kill myself now or later? LATER! I actually think I am hydrating at this point. If you mixed Schwepps Tonic Water and a nice Sutter Home white wine together... you would get this beer.

M: I don't know I have drunk anything at all. The taste of water and wine that is so far from the blood of Christ that I am actually wondering if I should make the sign of the cross or if I should instead just turn myself into prison as Judas to my own body.

However... It doesn't last on the tongue long thank god.

O: Is this beer? I'm still asking myself this question.

NOTE: This is the lowest rating In have ever given.

Jan 13, 2014
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jeranbrews from Oklahoma

1.99/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

A - airy white quickly evaporating head. Not much continue carbonation. Color of sparkling white wine minus the sparkle.

S - hay, aluminum, and self loathing.

T - like the thrice boiled dregs of spent mash. This is to beer what warm soda with melted ice is to Pepsi

M - thin watery

D - overall what I would expect and have had from third rate third world breweries. But this gives Milwakee shame on the level of "Milwakee's Best"

Aug 11, 2013
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michiganminer from Michigan

3.88/5  rDev +50.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

THis is a good light beer for the money. I can get Hamms and Hamms Special light as low as $11 a 30 and $5 a 12. For that money you can't expect much and you will be impressed with this beer for the low asking price. I enjoyed this one for a light beer.

Note: I review for the style. I refuse to let my prejudices slant any review. Nothing worse than the typical beer snob reviewing an AAL, same for your AAL drinker reviewing a craft brew.

Nov 03, 2012
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bushbeer75 from Michigan

2.13/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can poured into a glass mug.

Note to self: Remember when reviewing this is a light lager – review accordingly
Hamm’s Special Light poured a crystal clear very pale yellow producing a bubbly and foamy bright white 2-finger head that had almost no retention and lacing. The nose is very light and clean with faint aromas of cereal adjuncts like corn. The taste is very low in malt flavor, and no signs of bitterness …like most light lagers. The carbonation is fizzy with a very light and dry mouth feel [again] typical for the style.

At $9.99 a CASE you can’t expect too much. I suppose it is true you get what you pay for.

Nov 01, 2012
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boilermakerbrew from Indiana

2.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours the usual clear, straw yellow color. Clarity is superb, color is slightly lighter than most light lagers. Head actually retains very well, but poor lacing.

S- Very faint, and mostly corn. Light and a little refreshing odor, but mostly corn adjunct with slight grassy notes.

T- Very light flavors. Grainy, with hints of a Euro lager skunkiness too. Nothing entirely offensive, but nothing to write home about, even for the category.

M- Thin as water, but infinitely more carbonated. Great weight for a 100 degree day.

Overall, it's a light lager that is really cheap. That being said, when it is $10.99 a 30, this is about as solid as it gets.

Aug 11, 2012
Hamm's Special Light from Hamm's Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 65 out of 100 with 118 ratings